Hidden haven on the market


A colonial-style homestead set amidst botanical park-style grounds is one of Queenstown’s most interesting, if hidden, residential properties.

Just five minutes’ walk from Lake Hayes, the 1.3-hectare property, on the corner of Rutherford Road and Slope Hill Rd, is on the market for $3,495,000.

It’s been owned for the past 20 years by Pam and Snow Chisholm, who says they’re selling “because I’ve had too many bloody birthdays”.

The couple bought it off the original owners, Doris and Brian Robb, who established the grounds and brought up about 62,000 bricks from Winton’s old Radio Hall, which they used to own.

Arrowtown builder Roger Strong incorporated the bricks into the cladding of the house and the outside paving and courtyards.

The Robbs named their homestead ‘Bricken Creek’ as a nod to those bricks and to the creek which runs through the property and into Lake Hayes.

The Robbs’ architectural designer was Queenstowner Len Kelley.

Incorporating, also, a Belgian slate tile roof, the house was built in 1990.

Local New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty sales associates Gerard Bligh and Hadley van Schaik, who are marketing the property, say many people think the homestead dates back to the early 1900s due to its colonial style, and are quite surprised that it’s far more recent.

It’s fronted by an Australian-style verandah – accessed by a lavender-lined pathway – that provides good garden views.

The entranceway leads to the left to a formal lounge and dining room, with open fire and chandeliers, and to the right to a more casual living room and farmhouse-style kitchen, which also links to the lounge.

Character features include rimu detailing, decorated ceilings and stained glass windows.

The lounge, in turn, accesses the ensuited master bedroom.

The other wing, jutting out from the living area, houses two bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry.

“If someone wanted to do home stays it would be ideal because they’d be at the other end of the home,” Van Schaik says.

Bligh also points out that there’s electric underfloor heating throughout the house along with heatpumps in the living room and lounge.

The house also provides internal access to a double garage.

There’s a separate double garage with a workshop on the property, too, and an extra-large eight-car shed, both of which Snow Chisholm uses for his car collection.

That abundance of garage space, combined with three entrances to the property, could suit motoring enthusiasts, Van Schaik says.

Then again, he adds there’s also ample scope for the green-fingered fraternity due to the property’s huge abundance of trees and plants.

That greenery, in turn, attracts a lot of birdlife, such as fantails.